Great American III, a 2000 Open 60, arrived in September of 2006 at MYC for a complete refit in preparation for the 2008 Vendee Globe. The refit required the virtual gutting of the boat and all of its systems; substantial repairs to its stem; an extension to its composite, cored cabin top; removal and modification of the canting keel; and a new deck layout leading all control lines aft to a new pedestal (coffee grinder) winch system; and replacement of its engine, complete electrical system, and all of its electronics.

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